Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I've Never Read

Tuesday again! This is a late post, but it's not midnight yet. Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this weekly event gives a rundown of our favorites and... not favorites, I suppose. This week: top ten books I can't believe I've never read. Oh, let me count them.

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: I know, I know, how can a future children's librarian not have read this? I'll tell you. I've tried to get through it twice, but it never really happened. I now own it and plan on forcing my way through, because it just feels like something I need to do.

2. Animal Farm by George Orwell: It's so short I feel bad not having read it. But it just never came up in school and I always had other things on my list.

3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson: I've pretty much been assaulted with this book from every side, what with working in the book industry and all. OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BLAH BLAH BLAH. I'm amazed I've held out this long, but it'll happen soon, I wager.

4. Persuasion by Jane Austen: I can't believe I haven't read the shortest book Austen wrote, and one of her better ones to boot. I hope next month I'll get around to it.

5. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White: Again, poor excuse for a children's librarian. It will happen someday.

6. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: I feel like everyone has read this but me. I don't really have any desire to read it, but maybe I should.

7. The Lord of the Flies by William Golding: This is the one everyone thinks everyone has read and then they throw out spoilers. I CAN'T HEAR YOU LALALALA. I don't want to know who dies and how, people.

8. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson: I have heard that I must read this from a lot of people. I have it. I have yet to read it. Someday.

9. Shel Silverstein's poetry books: I'm going to make a bad children's librarian if I don't read at least SOME of these classics.

10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster: Another one I feel like every person has read and made a big impact on their childhood. I own it, but I haven't felt the desire to pick it up.

That's it! Most are children's books, and I know I need to get on that. The to-read list just keeps on growing! What are your top ten?


  1. TAHLEEN! Little Women!! You MUST! And Shel Silverstein's poetry!! I'm disappointed :)

  2. Please, please, please go read both Charlotte's Web and Bridge to Terabithia now! I pretty much lived and breathed both of those books growing up.
    I just read The Phantom Tollbooth last year for the first time and didn't really care for it. I pretty much had to force myself to read it.

  3. Haha, I need to read just about everything on your list, myself. I remember Charlotte's Web in like third grade, but that was forever ago. But YES, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo! I want to get on those ASAP as well :)

    I remember Phantom Tollbooth being frighteningly boring though :/

  4. WOW! I can't believe you haven't read Charlotte's web! It was one of my first books I ever read! I might even read it again! Lol.

  5. Whoa now. lol I will get to them eventually. However, I still don't think I'll be able to like Little Women, sorry Jamie. :)

  6. you have won an award on my blog- come check it out! (If you don't want to/don't have time to send it out to more people, I totally understand.)

  7. Allison, thank you so much, but I'm trying not to get caught up in those. Thanks for understanding :)

  8. My son was after me for years to read The Phantom Tollbooth. I finally got to it a few years ago. All I can say is, Wow!

    I've got a long list of children's books I've not read, too.

  9. OK. So it's Saturday but I still wanted to participate. I hope you are willing to take a look at my top ten "I can't believe I haven't read" books, too.

    I should put the Phantom Tollbooth on my list, too. Face it, I could have over 100 books on my list and still not be done amassing the list.


  10. As an English major, it is amazing to realize all of the books that you have never read compared to all of the books that you do read while earning your degree. I also studied English for undergrad and grad school and I am astonished by all of the books that I didn't read in high school or college. I just read To Kill a Mockingbird a few years ago. And for that, I truly am embarrassed. Now, while I do read a lot of YA lit, I try to add in some of the classics. Pride and Prejudice is coming up soon in my reading pile. I've never read an Austen book either. Oh, the shame I feel.

    I've just come across your blog through The Broke and the Bookish and I like what you are doing here. I've enjoyed reading your reviews, especially for books that haven't been recently published. I'm a new follower!

  11. Actin Up, that's great! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read what I have to say! :)


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